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Agape House hosts record number of children

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

Agape House board members meet in regular session Tuesday, April 16.  They were encouraged with the report of 21 children staying at the house during March, along with 46 adults.  Guest numbers have stayed consistently greater this year than in the previous two years.  Guest surveys indicate they have learned of the availability of this guest house from their family members that are incarcerated, either at Bowling Green or Vandalia.
In other news, minor chipping of paint on the front door and one bedroom windowsill. Board members spoke of the need for more gravel on the parking lot; this will be taken care of this spring.
A report from Kay Robnett indicates participation in a recent phone interview from the (St. Louis) Cardinals’ Care grant personnel.  No further communication has been received.
Discussion was held on providing folding luggage racks for each guest room; the purchase will be delayed while funding sources are explored.
Members in attendance were Anne Barnes, Alberta Cropp, Janet Heim, Elwood LaRue, Phil Pennington, and Veanna Snodgrass.
Prior to the meeting, board members participated in quarterly inspection of the premises; minor problems were noted and will be corrected soon.  Guest surveys were reviewed with entirely positive comments about the facility and its management.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 4 p.m.
Monetary gifts received in March include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church, Providence Concord Presbyterian Church and NECC-NAACP #4011, all of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia;  John and Marge Gray of Clarksville; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church of Curryville; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams of Farber; Grand Crossing Baptist Association of Fulton; Anita Salazar of Kansas City; St. Peter’s Lutheran LWML of LaGrange; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church of Mexico;  Nora Smith of Peace Valley; Mill Creek Baptist Church of Silex: Mary Scheffler of Leander, Texas; John Yost and Hopewell Baptist Church of Thompson; Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church,  First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia; and Lynette Heim Bikos of Mill Creek, Washington.

Non-monetary gifts were received: printer cartridge for recycling and detergent by Judy Hull of Farber; and toiletries and food products by Karen Morris of Vandalia.